General Information about Ranong
In general, travelers go to Ranong for two main reasons : to make a visa run in Myanmar (Burma) to renew their viosa for Thailand (Burmese visa costs $ 10) or go to the nearby islands of Koh Chang or Koh Payam. People rarely come for the city itself and are just passing by. We must confess that the city of Ranong has not much to offer except for its peaceful atmosphere. However, this is a spa town with hot springs accessible to the public for free. But do not expect to see a luxurious spa city like in Europ. Ranong city also houses a former royal residence. And around the town, in the mountains, you will find some nice waterfalls and even a canyon.
Ranong is not like other cities in Thailand. Surprisingly here are no tuk- tuk and if there are motorcycle taxis, they are very rare at the bus terminal, often it is necessary to go on the main street to find one. The street food stalls including noodle soups that bloom at night in most cities in Thailand are very rare in Ranong. But there still is the market where you can eat for cheap. Basic pad thai are at 20 baht for instance. But do not go too late, after 8 pm, most of the stalls will be closed.